Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: Waterhorse, Saturated Fat, Toning Shoes Don’t Tone, and Deadlifts

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I’m pretty stoked on a few fronts today.  For starters, as of tonight, I’ll finally be done with my Muslce Imbalances Revealed presentations, so you can all breath a sigh of relief that I’ll stop talking about them so incessantly. 

Secondly, as of yesterday, the Kansas City Royals are in town for a four game series against the Red Sox, which means CP’s own Tim Collins (AKA Waterhorse) should be making a few cameo appearances here and there.   He came in and pitched a clean 7th inning last night, but I’m hoping he may get an appearance today since my girlfriend and I (who haven’t been to Fenway together since we first started dating….over two years ago) are headed to the game where I got tickets right behind the visitor’s bullpen.   HA!

And lastly, I just drank a Spike, so I pretty much feel like I just took a shot of adrenaline to my left ventricle.  Life is good.

As such, I don’t really have anything particular I wanted to write about today, so here’s some stuff to read to keep you occupied until tomorrow.

The Big Lie – Dr. Michael Eades, M.D, H.N (Honorary Ninja for writing such an awesome article)

It’s pictures like the one shown above that truly show just how misinformed the general public is when it comes to things like saturated fat.  In short, it’s a lie –  and one that Dr. Eades blows wide open and drops kicks in the face in the post above.

But rather than write a witty synopsis, I’ll defer to the good doctor himself to help entice you to click on the link.

Nutritionally I can’t think of a bigger lie than the one claiming that fats in general and saturated fats in particular are bad for us.  This lie is so deeply embedded in the minds of most that you couldn’t blow it out with a stick of dynamite.  Especially in the minds of academics, and more especially in the minds of most dietitians.  Not all, but most. Nutritionally, it is truly the Big Lie.

Can Shoes Really Tone the Body? – Gretchen Reynolds

In a word:  absolutely not.

Get It Right:  The Deadlift – Tim Henriques

There are only a handful of topics that, no matter the time nor place, I’ll always take the time to read if I happen to come across them:

1.  Behavorial Economics – for those interested, you should check out Dan Ariely’s blog HERE.

2.  Star Wars

3.  How to convince your girlfriend to make you a meatloaf sandwich

4.  Poop

5.  Deadlifts

Here, Tim gives an excellent overview of what’s actually happening when you deadlift wihich, when all is said and done, will undoubtedly making programming them easier for your athletes and clients.

And I’m out!

 

 

 

 

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Comments for This Entry

  • Dean Somerset

    Sorry, I was skimming and thought you said you took a shot of adrenalin to your left testicle. That would definitely boost performance, and give you some laminating on your man-card!!

    July 26, 2011 at 8:10 am | Reply to this comment

  • Bryan Krahn

    Certainly better than the sequel, How to Convince Your Wife To Not Make You a Poop Sandwich. As you were.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:29 am | Reply to this comment

  • Tony Gentilcore

    @ Dean: Dude, wouldn't be glorious? @ Bryan: hahahahahaha. True. Speaking of deadlift articles, when is my next one going up?????.....;o)

    July 26, 2011 at 9:39 am | Reply to this comment

  • Juliet

    I read The Big Lie a few weeks ago - great piece.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Thomo

    Nice update Tony. I would add easy tone shoes to the same list as Zumba sticks, compression shirts and the smith machine ;)

    July 26, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Reply to this comment

  • James

    Food for thought: Tony, you rag on the leg press all the time as a waste of time, etc. Here, you cite Tim Henriques -- owner of a 700-lb pull at under 200 lbs, a pretty crazy feat to say the least -- as an authority on deadlifting. But the last time Henriques wrote about deadlifting on T-Nation, he emphasized the importance of the leg press for improving strength off the floor, albeit with the caveat that it's an accessory lift to go along with actually squatting and deadlifting too (see http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/twelve_weeks_to_a_better_deadlift). Your pal Bret Contreras has said nice things about the leg press too. Not trying to trip you up here or force you to do battle with another coach (well, that would be entertaining, actually...), but I'm genuinely confused and interested in hearing your thoughts. Could make for a good blog entry... just sayin'. :-)

    July 27, 2011 at 5:28 am | Reply to this comment

  • Tony Gentilcore

    @ James: a good article is a good article. Do I necessarily HAVE to agree with EVERY single word someone writes? Hell no. Every article, book, ebook I read, or even with every dvd I watch, I take bits and pieces I like, and disregard that doesn't apply to me or the athletes I train. Also, with regards to the leg press. Sure, I rag on it. I wholeheartedly feel that most people would be better off squatting/deadlifting than spending their time in the leg press. BUT, that doesn't mean there isn't a time and place for it. We don't have one at CP because, well, truthfully, it's an expensive piece of equipment and it would take up too much room (and we wouldn't use it a lot anyways). I'll concede that there are SOME cases where throwing in the leg press occasionally isn't the end of the world - but, given the time I have with my clients and athletes, and given how crappy some of them move, my time is better spent not having them sit in the gym.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:59 am | Reply to this comment

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